Strawberry Peak, 6164 ft (W6 CT-018) 5 Sept 2014

Well, there are no strawberries on Strawberry Peak. It is a desert mountain! It got its name from being shaped like a strawberry resting on its base, apparently.

Another activation report here: https://halssota.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/horned-toad-on-strawberry-peak-w6-ct-018-6164-ft-23-july-2015/

View of Strawberry Peak from my Josephine bike ride. The easier route I took is on the right(east) ridge. The left(west) is Class 3.
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I got up early, and started the hike at 0515 in the dark. It was nice to see the stars against a black sky. The hike begins at Red Box (Mt Wilson Road turn off), and is the same as taken for Mt Lawlor. I used my headlamp for a while. Temperature was cool in the mid 60s. At the Strawberry/Lawlor saddle took a use trail west up the peak, quite steep in places.

On the ridge
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There are a few bumps to go over on the way up. Looking back at the false summit from the high point
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At the summit, the 2m noise level was high from Mt Wilson, but made quite a few QSOs on 2m anyway, the first being with Mike N6MKW on Frazier Mountain CC-003. I could hear Charles KM6CEM, unfortunately he could not hear me. Then HF, 20m was OK but not much on 30m. Dan NA6MG kindly spotted me on 2m and 20m. Worked Chris K6CMG just as he was pulling in to work, he put out a call on 2m to see if anyone was on a summit!

Dipole with 30m links. The orientation was E-W since that’s the way this narrow summit runs
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2m FM: N6MKW KW6ACK KN6CCW K6QCB NA6MG K6CMG
20m CW: W0MNA W0ERI NS7P WD4EXI K6TUY WA2USA NE4TN N4MJ AE4FZ
30m CW: K6TUY

View towards Condor Peak and Iron Mountain. Josephine just on the left of the frame. The chaparral is regenerating. The pine tree below didn’t die in the fire so is regenerating too.
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It was starting to get hot when I headed down at 1000. Very bright in the sun!
Trail contours these rugged spurs
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About 6 miles RT, 1600 feet gain. Took me 2h 15m up, 1h 40m down. Drank 3 pints of water on this hike. Temperature was about 82F back at Red Box

73!
Hal
N6JZT

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